In which soup's on.

First Friday is upon us, and this month, we're celebrating with the shop's third annual soup night! We've tried so hard to establish fun, lovely traditions at The Bookshelf over the years, and soup night has always been one of my favorites. What could be better than hanging out with readers and friends over bowls of homemade soup? 

As usual, our staff will be selecting different soups to cook, and this year, all of our recipes are coming from the gorgeous new Soup Nights cookbook. The shop is staying open until 8:00, and we'll be handing out soup tastings until we run out! Festivities start at 6, and we'd love you to come try our soup and cast your vote for your favorite. (A crown, cookbook, and reigning chef title are up for grabs!)

Whenever I think about why I've chosen to run a bookstore, I  think about about my love for books and literature. That's a given. But I also think about community, how important it is to love your neighbor, to spend time getting to know people who might be different from you. 

I don't know about you, but -- regardless of your politics -- I think this has been a pretty tough election cycle. It's been hard to have civil conversations about ideas and policies, and I think it's hurting us. There's not much I know to do, except maybe to make soup for you and for my staffers. To spend Friday night together talking and laughing and thinking about what we have in common instead of how we're different. I don't know if soup and books can do all that, but I figure it's worth a try.

We've got book signings scheduled for every Saturday this month! These signings give us the chance to highlight the works of local authors, and this Saturday, we're bringing David Gaultney to the shop. He'll be signing copies of his new time-travel novel, Dreams That Should Have Been, from 2 to 4 p.m. Come see him! 

- Annie